Hi Dr. Corenman,
Last year, Nov. 4th, I did a front layout over a horse, landed on my helmet, which I crushed, broke my neck and was paralyzed in the feild. My C6 was dislocated and half way over my C7 which was fractured. Flight for life, surgery and rehab at Craig Hospital in Denver brought back my legs and most of my arms, although my left hand is still dancing to it’s own tune. I have 2 rods on either side from C5 to T1 with 3 screws on the left and 4 on the right. I’ve been diligent with P.T. and O.T. for the year, seeing improvements in my body and it’s mobility and recovery. In mid October I was hit with severe nausea accompanied with dizziness. I went to my local doctor and we did some x-rays followed by more x-rays and then finally a CT Myelography. My regular doc consulted a Neurosurgeon here in town with my test results and he felt the hardware was not allowing C5 & 6 to fuse properly and the last screw on the left side was impeding into the spinal canal. He wants me to go under the knife and have a do over, replacing my hardware and does not recommend skiing or horseback riding. Completely taken back by his diagnoses I sent a copy of the CT Myelography to my original surgeon in Denver. He looked at my test results and said everything looks great, just as it had back in April when he releaed me to go about all my normal activites.
What I would like to do is get a 3rd opinion, yours. Can I send you a copy of what I have and see if you can bridge the gap between, “you look great and you need surgery”? How can these 2 professionals be of such a different opinion?
Please advise, thank you.